Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
under the patronage of Saint John Henry Newman

DARLINGTON MISSION

Worshiping at St. Osmund's, Gainford.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

WELCOME!

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI to allow Anglicans to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church whilst retaining much of their heritage and traditions. It now has the full support and blessing of Pope Francis. We exist to promote the unity of all Christians with the Apostolic See, and faithfully to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the rich treasures of our traditions. You are welcome – come and find out more.

MONSIGNOR NEWTON WRITES…

I would like to welcome you to the official website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham Darlington Mission, and invite you to find out more about the Ordinariate’s structure and purpose.

Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate
of Our Lady of Walsingham

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EXPERIENCE LOVE & ACCEPTANCE BY COMING HOME TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

There’s an old saying that goes, “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Maybe you have been away from the Church for a little while or for quite some time, but now you feel a tug at your heart calling you back to the Catholic Church. Listen to that tug. It’s your Heavenly Father reaching his arms out to you, the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear, hoping to draw you home. We hope you accept this as your invitation to rediscover the truth, wonder and mystery of the Catholic faith. As your brothers and sisters in our worldwide Catholic family, we want you back. We’ve missed you, and our Church is not the same without you. Regardless of why you left or got out of the habit of going to Mass, you can always come home and return to the practice of the sacraments and the fullness of relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church he founded. We are Catholic. Welcome home.

HOW CAN I FEEL WELCOMED IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AGAIN AFTER EXPERIENCING HURT AT THE HANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH?

There’s an old saying that goes, “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Maybe you have been away from the Church for a little while or for quite some time, but now you feel a tug at your heart calling you back to the Catholic Church. Listen to that tug. It’s your Heavenly Father reaching his arms out to you, the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear, hoping to draw you home. We hope you accept this as your invitation to rediscover the truth, wonder and mystery of the Catholic faith. As your brothers and sisters in our worldwide Catholic family, we want you back. We’ve missed you, and our Church is not the same without you. Regardless of why you left or got out of the habit of going to Mass, you can always come home and return to the practice of the sacraments and the fullness of relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church he founded. We are Catholic. Welcome home.

I often run into people who, upon finding out that I’m a lay minister in the Catholic Church, inform me that they’ve been away from church for some time. Many aren’t angry with the Church (though some are and often have good reason for being so!), rather they’ve simply fallen out of practice. Many tell me that they’d really like to return but they’re “afraid the roof will cave in.” It can be quite anxiety-provoking to come back to church. Who knows what kind of feelings this might stir up? The truth is that relief, not anxiety, is the central emotion that many people feel upon “coming home” to the Catholic Church.

 

But how does one “come home”? Do you need a formal invitation? Is there a need to announce one’s absence and return? Here are three initial steps to take when you’ve made the decision to attend church once again.

 

Show up

Start by talking with your Catholic friends who attend church regularly. Back when I was in radio, many people I worked with knew I was a churchgoer and would tell me that they were looking for a place to attend but were too afraid to walk in on their own. I would always offer the invitation to attend with me. So ask around! Find someone you’d like to go to church with and then make a “church date” and attend with them. You can also investigate a local parish if you’re there for a wedding, baptism, funeral, or other event. You might take some extra time to pray and seek out the pastor or associate pastor afterwards for confession.

 

Reconcile

The sacrament of reconciliation is always a good option for those of us who have been away from church for some time. If you start out by attending Mass with friends or by yourself, pick up a church bulletin and find out what time the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in that parish, or if you’re lucky, the priest presiding at Mass might have some spare time to hear your confession that day. This sacrament reconciles us to both God and the community. The priest represents the community as well as our merciful God who forgives us. Like the Prodigal Son who came home after a long absence, God and the Church rejoice in our returning home again. So, we ritualize that celebration with the sacrament of reconciliation where we admit our faults and rejoice in the mercy of God. Nervous? Check out Busted Halo’s Sacraments 101 video about Reconciliation and walk with another young adult through her first confession in 10 years, captured in this video from World Youth Day.

 

Join

Some parishes call this “registering.” When you do this, you are saying that you wish to be a regular member of that particular parish community. You may be asked how you came to know the church, what you like about the parish, and what activities the church has that interest you. You may also be asked how you wish to contribute to the parish’s financial well-being. Remember, being part of the community means chipping in! Some parishes have a “New Parishioner Welcome Night” where you register and find out a bit more about the place. The parish, in turn, can find out more about you. Don’t be afraid of committing — putting your name down may just help you resist the temptation to drift away again after a while.

SAVE THE DATE

  • 14th August 2022, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • 20th August 2022, St Bernard, Ab, Dr.
  • 22nd August 2022, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • 23rd August 2022, St Bartholomew, Apostle.
  • 27th August 2022, St Monica.
  • 27th August 2022, Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Walsingham.
  • 29th August 2022, The Passion of St John the Baptist.
  • 27th November 2022, Advent Sunday.
THE PORTAL August

THIS MONTH’S DEVOTION

HOLY FATHER’S INTENTIONS

The Immaculate Heart of Mary: A greater devotion to Our Lady

Small Businesses:

We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

8th

MON

St Dominic R

The Order of Preachers

9th

TUE

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Patron of Europe (Feast)

Europe and the Jewish People

10th

WED

St Lawrence Dn M (Feast)

Those persecuted for the Catholic Faith

11th

THU

St Clare V
(Death of St John Henry Newman 1890)

The Revd Matthew Pittam

12th

FRI

Feria
(Saint Jane Frances Chantel R)

The Revd John Pitchford

13th

SAT

Feria (Sts Pontian & Hippolytus P M)

The Revd Peter Peterken

14th

SUN

THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY (Solemnity)
(St Maximilian Kolbe 1941)

Your Mission, Group or Parish

If you would like to know more about the Ordinariate and are in the area we would be happy to have you join us at one of our Ordinariate Masses.

Father Thomas or one of his team, would be pleased to try and answer any questions you might have about The Ordinariate.

REGULAR MASS TIMES
SUNDAY
St Osmund Catholic Parish Church GAINFORD
09.30 a.m. Parish Mass
11.30 a.m. Ordinariate Divine Worship Sung Mass
Please join us in the parish house after Mass for tea or coffee with biscuits and / or cake.
MONDAY
NO MASS
TUESDAY
St Osmund Catholic Parish Church GAINFORD
10.00 a.m. Parish Mass
WEDNESDAY
NO MASS
THURSDAY
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH BARNARD CASTLE
10.00 a.m. Parish Mass
FRIDAY
St Osmund Catholic Parish Church GAINFORD
11.45 a.m. SEXT* 12 noon Ordinariate Divine Worship
Please join us in the parish house after Mass for tea or coffee with biscuits and / or cake.
SATURDAY
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH BARNARD CASTLE
6.30 p.m. Parish Mass

How can you help the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham?

We rely on the generous financial help of people like you. The Apostolic Nuncio encourages all Catholics to support the Ordinariate: “I urge all those who support the Holy Father’s vision to lend their spiritual and material support to the Ordinariate, especially in these early days”.

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